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Jump that TOC with InstaDrop!

11 November 2017
InstaDrop Installed under a table

CAT5E is expensive. Our unit would go through several boxes during exercises or deployments just making 20-30ft long patch cables to support, most of which was only used during that mission only to be bundled up and taken to post recycling afterwards (cause we're environmentally friendly!). Not only monetarily is it expensive, but time wise, it was taxing. A well trained installer can terminate a CAT5 cable in about 4 minutes on average. To wire up 8 drops, it takes one installer working about an 45 minutes after taking into account running the cable properly.

Enter the InstaDrop system. This DIY project provides 8 drops of re-usable cable to a TOC, cuts that 45 minute installation time to about 5 and in the long run saves you green: green cable, green money and green environment (not that I'm a hippy or anything, blood does more to make the green grass grow).

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Visio- Network File Card Stencils

05 October 2017
Create Network Diagrams faster with less clutter!

Network File Card shapes:

  • Are Self Labeling
  • Change the icon when you change the type of device or server it is
  • Change their color when you change their classification
  • Collapse to an icon with a movable host name when you don't need to full file card
  • Link to external data (excel spreadsheets) to make filling in shape properties even easier!

Download From AKO (AKO Login required)

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Search and Highlight Excel

28 August 2016

Situation: Change of Command Inventory.


Problem: It's all hands on deck getting equipment on the Commander's hand receipt lined up, in the hall way or out in the motor pool, in LIN order followed by NSN order along with all of it's BII. This is done in large part to minimize the time it takes for the Commander conducting the inventory to flip through the many printed out pages of his property book and find the item being inventoried. To save a few hours of his time, we spend a few days doing this work to prepare.


Solution: Wouldn't it be nice if we could just have that hand receipt on digits, scan a bar code, automagically search the document and highlight it? Well now you can! Introducing the Search And Highlight Excel (SAHE) xlsm document!

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Hyper-V Domain Controller Time Problem

23 October 2015

With computers, usually the simplest answers are the hardest to find. For example, for the past several months, my home's domain time has been off by a couple hours. The task of fixing it was put on the back burner because I didn't know the simple answer to it and when I finally got around to trying, I simply couldn't find the answer. 

As with most things in a computer, it came down to a stupid checkbox being checked. 


Problem: A Hyper-V Domain Controller had the wrong time and kept resyncing to the wrong time
 

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AIMS Beta 2 Finally Released!

24 June 2013

It's been a couple months since my last major post of anything, but  I have a good excuse reason. I spent a good month or so studying and achieving the CISSP and the rest of the time working on the latest release of AIMS. Seriously took me about 2 weeks to figure out why lateral transfers and turn ins were taking so long to process (ended up being a primary key issue that took about 5 seconds to correct; figures). 

So, yes, there are some minor schema changes to the database. And using the new frontend with the old backend won't work. But don't worry, there is a script that will upgrade the old Beta 1 database to the new Beta 2 without loosing any of the old information for both the Standalone and Enterprise editions.

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